What is a Classical Education?
A classical education is sometimes described as a traditional education. It does not rely on modern tricks or gimmicks for learning but rather on the self-discipline of students and their natural joy for learning true, good, and beautiful things. Teachers who are passionate and well-educated in their content area guide students toward discovery and ownership of a vast body of knowledge. Students are educated in all of the liberal arts and sciences as well as in moral character and civic virtue. They learn and appreciate what it means to live well—to live a life of virtue. Students educated in a classical program are holistically educated moral people and participatory citizens eager to fulfill their purpose in the world whether that is in college or working at a family business or farm.
Classical education upholds a standard of excellence and holds that all students will achieve their best potential when challenged with high expectations. Classical education trusts that students will recognize and emulate virtuous behavior when introduced to timeless heroes and heroines of literature and history. Classical education sees knowledge as worthwhile pursued for its own sake, and that discipline, ethics and personal responsibility should be modeled and expected of our students.
Finally, classical education looks not at differences between students but rather at the humanity of all and the complexity of the human experience. Through an integrated view of all academic areas, a classical education seeks to understand and appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty in the world.
Hozho Academy students learn explicit phonics, reading, English, spelling, composition, math, history, geography, science, music, art, and rhetoric through time-proven methods, and will be held to high standards of discipline, ethics, and personal responsibility.
The following are all required components of the curriculum:
- Basic cognitive skills: reading, writing, mathematics;
- Core subjects: English language and literature, history, geography, and government, physical and biological science, mathematics;
- Other classical subjects: music, visual arts, Latin (starting in 6th grade), modern foreign language (Spanish or Navajo); and
- Auxiliary subjects: Physical education, regional history (including Navajo history and culture).
Curious about what your child will be learning and reading at Hózhó Academy? Please click on the links below to access a curriculum map for each grade’s core content. In addition to what is listed there, students will be participating in either Spanish or Navajo language and P.E. There will also be extensive extracurricular experiences available for each student.
Articles on classical education
- “A Classical Education for Modern Times” by Dr. Terrence Moore
- “Classical Education” by Susan Wise Bauer
- “Core Knowledge: How Do We Know This Works” E.D. Hirsch, Jr
Books on classical education
- Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
- Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and Andrew Kern
- Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong: and What We Can Do About It by William Kilpatrick
- The Paideia Proposal by Mortimer J. Adler
Tuition free back to basics education!
Hózhó Academy is a tuition free New Mexico Charter School that develops students in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.”
“All men by nature desire knowledge.”
A Classical Approach
Hozho Academy is a tuition free New Mexico Charter School that develops students in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.
Virtuous Living – We raise our students in the core virtues of Compassion, Perserverance, Courage, Respect, Responsibility, Diligence, Temperance, and Integrity.
Civic Virtue– Our Students learn not only to excel in academics, but to excel in their communities and act for the Common Good of all.
Data Driven Results – Research has shown that students who experience a broad based curriculum versus one narrowed to merely reading and math skills perform better academically and are typically more successful students.
Hozho Academy is committed to the tradition of a Classical education. We are committed to a rigorous program that will develop students who are educated in all of the liberal arts and sciences as well as in moral character and civic virtue. Our goal is to provide the best education possible which will permit a full understanding of all students’ cultures in the four corners area.
To recognize the suffering of others, then take action to help. “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela
Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ― Thomas A. Edison
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
To consider worthy of high regard. “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners” ― Laurence Sterne
The ability to distinguish between right and wrong, and to be accountable for one’s behavior. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Consistent, sustained, and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken. “What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.” –Samuel Johnson
Self-restraint or moderation in act, thought, or feeling. “Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.” -Frances E. Willard
Doing the right thing when no one is watching. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” ― Albert Einstein